Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton and Durham regions cases
The Durham District Health Unit has confirmed that a man in his 60’s has been diagnosed with the new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The man lives in a private nursing home in Milton, near Oshawa. The Halton Region Public Health Unit has confirmed that a man in his 80’s has died of the virus in his home in Markham, near Kitchener.
Dr. Mary-Margaret Gobeil, Chair of the Board of the Durham District Health Unit said, “This man did not travel or have international travel history. Durham Regional Public Health is continuing to work with our partners to prevent and treat coronavirus-related illness in the region and across Canada for anyone who may have been exposed to the virus. “
Halton Region Public Health is investigating if both men were exposed to the virus within their homes or if one of them had contact with other people who had been infected with Covid-19.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, they are asked to contact Durham Regional Public Health at 519-946-7200, or their respective local public health teams.
The Durham District Health Unit is part of the Ministry of Health and long-time partner to Halton & Durham Region Public Health.
A new Coronavirus strain has been isolated in China that has not previously been identified in any other country. This new strain is known as COVID-19. A new variant of coronavirus is likely to cause more serious illness than the virus that hit the global population this week. Coronavirus refers to a family of viruses including: SARS, MERS. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus.
For Ontario, this coronavirus strain was identified on March 7, 2020, in Shenzhen, China, and